- So this is my first post on my first blog, how exciting! For me it is. I should have done this years ago instead of dropping my manic stream of consciousness thoughts onto unsuspecting innocent friends, colleagues and or grocery line strangers. But for real all kidding aside this is a great way to release creativity and ideas and I am a little mad at myself for not doing a blog sooner but all is forgiven. It is important to forgive oneself. Right? I have learned this over and over again and more importantly to forgive others that have hurt you as we all know we only hurt ourselves if we hang onto that pain and anger. The name of my blog is relevant as is the tag line which I will disclose at some other time as I share more about myself. I am somewhat hesitant to start a blog because I have never been the sharpest tool in the shed but I still feel I have much to share. I feel I have a unique way of seeing things and sometimes being different isn’t always easy but now looking back I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel like I learned things in my own way and own time. Sometimes that is a lonely place but sometimes it is a glorious place as well. I just started reading again, sometimes I can read and sometimes I cannot read. Sometimes my attention span is as long as the flutter of a humming-bird wing. I am taking advantage of reading while my focus is intact. With the recent death of Dr. Wayne Dyer I have picked up one of his books off my bookshelf and started to enlighten myself. There are also a lot of his books on sale right now for 1.99 on various websites like hay house or Amazon so I just took advantage of that as well. I just finished reading The Alchemist: a nice little fable that drops a load of wisdom right at your feet it you let it. I can say that as I turn almost a half a century old I am starting a new chapter in my life. I can honestly say the last fifty years have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and some really deep down dirty blues: like Audrey Hepburn Mean Reds in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Remember the Mean Reds. More about the Mean Reds later. But I am thankful for all the blessings in my life which started very young. I was born on the 13th and some will say this was bad luck sign. I guess it all depends how you look at it. Half full half empty right? I am looking forward to the next fifty years. It all starts here with me. This blog will be about me and my passions and daily rituals and struggles and triumphs. If I can share something that might help someone else so be it but more importantly it will help me cleanse all my thoughts and ideas and get them out somewhere other than being stuck in my head. If i only read this that will be fine as it is most importantly to clear my head. What’s important to me is music and singing, I love to sing and sometimes I sing and sometimes I don’t but I love it just the same. Mostly Soul, Jazz and Blues. I love Books, The Mean Reds and the Deepest of Blues, Movies and films and Paul Newman among others, but definitely Paul Newman, I am a bit of a Paul Newman Fan (No Kidding). Photography, Politics, Civil Rights and the Southern Poverty Law Center, Anything Seventies and a strange interest in Black Exploitation films. Shaft is in my top ten list of favorite movies and I definitely have a girl crush on Pam Grier. Mexican Toltec Wisdom, Buddhism, Interest in Spirituality in general, Animals and especially Big Cats and Gorillas, Travel, New Orleans, Paris, Cuba It will be a mash of this and that. Being that I have Wayne Dyer on my mind and that only positive thoughts should pass through I shall restate a mantra that a kind man; a business colleague (thanks David and Chris) told me when I was at my lowest darkest place not that long ago. He gave me a piece of paper that said this:
Choose positive thoughts; they become words; choose positive words; they become actions; Choose positive actions ; they become habits; choose positive habits; they become your character ; choose positive character; it becomes your destiny. —- Lao Tzu
I told him I would do it so here we are …. The next fifty years are on me to live awakened and connected to those around me with only love and positive thoughts and positive actions and positive habits ….so Where do I start? So even though I am not Jewish today being Rosh Hashanah the start of the new year; this is the perfect day to start again so do me the honor of holding up a glass of wine and in the spirit of Rosh Hashanah let’s toast to new beginnings.